Join David Casuto for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of Customizing Macs for Accessibility and Ease of Use.
- [Instructor] Let's go over some key terms you'll need to know before beginning this course. The best way to demonstrate what you need to know is to take a tour of some of these key concepts. So let's go ahead and jump into the Mac OS interface. Note that most of the course shows the operating system released in 2015, El Capitan, but all the features you'll learn in this course work equally well in El Capitan or in Sierra the latest OS. The first item we'll want to cover is the Desktop. Your desktop is your computer's opening screen and the first thing you'll see when it opens. Your desktop lives behind all of your open programs and is visible when all windows are minimized.
It can hold files, folders, shortcuts to applications, and any external devices such as a flash drive or a CD, and also hold your Dock. So let's go ahead and discuss the Dock. The Dock is the long toolbar at the bottom of the screen. It also holds shortcuts to your apps, your Finder, your Trash, applications, documents, and folders. It can be highly customized and personalized, allowing you to add or remove content to your liking. Let's go ahead and click on some of these icons and open what we call Windows.
So I'll go ahead and open up Safari. A window is the container for all programs and files and folders you use in your computer. Notice, this is a window. Let's go ahead and open up the Dictionary application. This is also a window containing that. I can go ahead and resize this, making it bigger and smaller. I can go ahead and move it around wherever I like. And notice the other window remains beneath it. And the desktop beneath that. I can go ahead and now close down Dictionary and close down Safari, revealing my desktop.
Let's now go ahead and discuss the Finder. The Finder's located in the lower left of the screen. It is the main gateway to your files, folders and apps. You can search for files and applications directly from the Finder. Note, the Finder toolbar and sidebar can be also highly customized to your liking. So now that you know these key terms, you're ready for this course.
Technology trainer David Casuto explains basic macOS conventions, and explores how to best resize and manage windows, change the way your mouse behaves, and customize the desktop, including the Dock. Need help finding files and applications? Learn how to search more effectively using Spotlight and Finder. If you have visual or audio impairments, your Mac's accessibility features are a great tool. Find out how to use the display options, zoom, and closed captioning to make macOS more user friendly. Last but not least, David shows how to save time with some helpful keyboard shortcuts. Apple's operating system is a powerful platform; with these tips, you'll find it even easier to use.
- Personalizing your desktop
- Managing windows
- Changing mouse properties
- Searching with Spotlight
- Customizing Finder
- Using accessibility features such as zoom and closed captions
- Using keyboard shortcuts
Skill Level Beginner
What was added in the 01/30/2017 update to this course?
A new video was added that discusses using Siri on a desktop.